Foundations Courses - Year 2

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https://meded.utoronto.ca/medicine/courses

Contact Information for Foundations Courses: 
http://www.md.utoronto.ca/foundations-course-directors-and-administrators

 

Concepts, Patients & Communities 3 [MED200H]

[For students who entered the MD Program prior to 2018-2019, this course is known as "Concepts, Patients and Communities (CPC) 2"]

Course Director: Dr. Evelyn Rozenblyum
Course Duration: Weeks 37 through 52

CPC 3 takes place during weeks 37-52 of the 72-week Foundations Curriculum. CPC 3 is the last of the three CPC courses that employ the organizing structure of the human body’s physiological systems to offer students an integrated approach to clinical medicine. CPC 3 includes body systems that are responsible for movement, sensation, cognition and behaviour in humans encompassing both normal and diseased states. It is further divided into 4 sections: Musculoskeletal (3 weeks); Neurologic (6 weeks); Psychiatric (4 weeks); and Special Senses (3 weeks).

Overall, CPC 3 provides students with:

  1. Integration of clinical manifestations, diagnosis, management and/or prevention of diseases of the systems described above with a focus on patient-centred clinical cases allowing students to develop clinical reasoning skills
  2. Integration of the foundational, social sciences, and humanities learned throughout the CPC courses to promote the development of cognitive integration skills
  3. Development of an expanding skill set of professional behaviours between students, teaching staff and patients

Patient-centred clinical cases are used to bring together foundational disciplines relevant to the study and practice of medicine, in a manner that promotes their cognitive integration by students. Each course week has its own objectives and assessments that contribute to the overall course objectives and final assessment, as well as to student achievement of the MD program’s key and enabling competencies.

Life Cycle [MED210H]

Course Director: Dr. Hosanna Au
Course Duration: Weeks 53 through 61

LC takes place during weeks 53-61 of the 72-week Foundations Curriculum. The LC course is organized by clinical disciplines as opposed to body systems, and covers the human life span including, reproduction, life stages and palliative care.  This course is an opportunity to integrate and apply topics that have been previously covered in the curriculum. LC is divided into the following sections: Gynecology and Sex and Gender Based Medicine (2 weeks); Obstetrics (2 weeks); Neonate and Infant, Child, Adolescent (3 weeks); and Geriatrics and Palliative Care (2 weeks).

Overall, LC provides students with:

  1. Application of basic medical science knowledge with the clinical presentation, diagnosis, management and/or prevention of diseases in the clinical disciplines described above with an emphasis on a symptoms-based approach and the development of clinical reasoning skills
  2. Integration of foundational medical science with social sciences and humanities to enhance knowledge, skills, and attitudes in providing patient- and family-centred care
  3. Further development of professional attitudes and behaviours among students and between students, teaching staff, and patients

Patient-centred clinical cases are used to bring together foundational disciplines relevant to the study and practice of medicine, in a manner that promotes their cognitive integration by students. Each course week has its own objectives and assessments that contribute to the overall course objectives and final assessment, as well as to student achievement of the MD program’s key and enabling competencies.

Complexity and Chronicity [MED220H]

Course Director: Dr. James Owen
Course Duration: Weeks 62 through 72

CNC takes place during the last 11 weeks of the 72-week Foundations Curriculum. CNC is the sixth course and integrates teaching around the care of complex and/or vulnerable patient populations while reinforcing and building upon challenging topics that have been previously covered in the curriculum. Important topics including the approach to surgical patients, trauma, pain management and infectious disease outbreak are also addressed.

A particular focus in this course will be on the care of individuals with multiple medical and non-medical issues, and is intended to reflect the increasingly complex real-world patient populations in clinical practice. Complexity case weeks will encourage students to think critically about approaches to complex patient presentations, preparing them for similar real-life cases during third and fourth year.

Overall, CNC provides students with:

  1. Review, consolidation and integration of content from previous Foundations courses to date
  2. An introduction to patient complexity and patients with multisystem concerns that cross multiple domains (physical, mental health, psychosocial or health systems challenges)
  3. Skills and knowledge to prepare them for entry into clerkship and further encounters with real-world patients

Patient-centred clinical cases are used to bring together foundational disciplines relevant to the study and practice of medicine, in a manner that promotes their cognitive integration by students. Each course week has its own objectives and assessments that contribute to the overall course objectives and final assessment, as well as to student achievement of the MD program’s key and enabling competencies.